Friday, January 29, 2010

What Do You Think?

My new toy. It's set to arrive sometime this next week. Do I have any idea what I'm doing? Nope. But I'm going to try to teach myself! My goal is to eventually be able to embroider appliques. I've found several sites with SUPER cute appliques available for download. Now all I need is some cute fabric and some practice! Wish me luck! (And if you have any advice or tips, I'll be more than happy to hear them!)

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


The Biggest Loser. Have y'all ever watched this show? Tonight was the first episode I've ever seen. Watching this show makes me feel SO L-A-Z-Y! These people are running and sweating while I sit my lazy rear-end on the couch. I've got to get into some kind of work out. I bought Jillian Michaels "30 Day Shred" and honestly want to do it - but my house is not on a concrete slab. Why does that matter? Because anything more than a heavy step causes my entire house to shake and picture frames to fall off their shelves.

I've considered getting some sort of wii workout that doesn't require much jumping but then I wonder how much good it would actually do me. I'm looking for something I can do while Caroline is napping. Yeah - my options are slim, I know. If you have any suggestions, let me know!

(We did have some VERY kind people from church give us their jogging stroller which I would like to use but Caroline has to be 6 months old to go in it. So I've got another month before I can put her in it.)

Suggestions? Or just comments about how you're lazy too? Those would at least make me feel better. HA!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Most of our thoughts are centered on the money we want to make, the school we want to attend, the body we aspire to have, the spouse we want to marry, the kind of person we want to become...But the fact is that NOTHING should concern us more than our relationship with God; it's about eternity, and nothing compares with that. -Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Saw this as someone's status on Facebook and absolutely love it. It's so true.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

We're Moving!

Just into another house - but did I get your attention?! Ha! :) Weather permitting (please no rain this weekend!) we'll be starting renovations and additions onto the house next week! The builder says from there they should be completely finished in 6-8 weeks! AH! I was so shocked to hear that time frame! I'm still a bit skeptical that everything can get finished in that amount of time, so I'm going to remain hopeful but doubtful. That's my safest bet!

I'm super pumped about the extra space. That house is probably close to double the size of this one. The space will definitely be appreciated. I'm also really excited about the bedroom/bathroom we're adding on. The bathroom is going to have a DOUBLE VANITY! (gasp!) I've come to realize what a luxury that is! The bedroom is also going to be big enough for my king size bed! YAY! Since this entire post is full of exclamation points, I hope you can see how excited I really am. Space, people. Space. We need the space.

I am a little leery of living in the country. I've lived in town my entire life. When I say we're goig to be living in the country...I mean...COUNTRY. Have y'all ever looked at the price for satellite internet?! It's OUTRAGEOUS. To get the internet connection we have now (about $50/month) it would cost us $350/month!!!! Yes, that warrants 4 exclamation points. So, don't be expecting tons of blog posts once we move because we certainly cannot afford internet that expensive and the cheapest stuff is super slow. So who knows what we'll do. Bummer.

Anyway, regardless of the ancient caveman internet we'll have to have, I'm excited. I'm anxious to start packing...haha! Just in case this turns out to take much longer than expected - I'll hold off. Just know that it's killing me not to be doing something productive while I wait.

I'm headed to bed! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Jumperoo Time (Video)!

(Deda, this is a video!)

Thanks for the fun toy, Granna & Papaw!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Greetings & Birthday Shoutouts!

Things are finally getting back to normal schedule-wise. Judd is back to work (sadness!) and Caroline and I are hangin out at home! I will definitely say, things are way more fun now that she's smiling, laughing, cooing, and rolling around on her own. A light switch flipped at 3 months old and she gets more fun every single day. She's now in 3-6 month clothing even though she just started wearing her 3 month clothing 3 weeks ago. Ha! It's mostly the 3 month footed onesies that don't fit anymore. She's too long! Oh well, she's healthy and growing! Can't complain about that. She's 13lbs, 2.5oz - that's after a breathtakingly (and not in a good way...I mean literally) huge diaper. Y'all - I weighed the diaper. It was an 13oz diaper. Seriously. FULL. Ha!

We really didn't enough snow to even dust the ground. Just flurries in the air. At first I was disappointed until Judd got off work anyway! I was so happy! We spent the day together not really doing anything...but it was nice nonetheless. I did spend part of the morning at the doctor's office. I've got to kick this sickness, y'all. It's terrible. I've been sick with one thing after another since Caroline was born in the end of August. Misery. Had the flu (with 103* fever) when she was 2 weeks old, stomach virus, TONS of sinus problems........and on, and on, and on.... I'll stop. But truly, I've been sick. This latest bout of sinus troubles brought a large amount of fluid to both of my ears. So I got loaded up with a decadron shot, cough/decongestant, and an antibiotic. He said the fact that this problem has stuck around for 4 months makes him worry it could be partially due to some to really knock it out - I got an antibiotic as well. I'm happy to take it all if it will make me feel better. My ears HURT. So I'll be glad when this cleared up!

Caroline is doing fabulous! She went to the doctor last week (or week before?) and got a decongestant and cough medicine and it REALLY helps. She sounded really bad. Women at church gasp when she coughs. Makes me feel horrible - but I really am doing everything I can do! Ha! She never acts like she feels bad. Anyway, she's much better with the medicine. She can now roll over both ways (although she can roll much better from tummy to back) and I'm so proud! She halfway enjoyed her rice cereal today because we mixed it with some stage 1 applesauce. She seemed to like it much better! By the end of the meal (she didn't eat a ton) she was opening her mouth for the spoon! I was so proud. She still ate 7oz afterwards. Ha! This kid can EAT. She still eats about every 3 hours. Every once in a while she'll go 3 1/2...and rarely 4 hours. And if she's been 4 hours, an 8oz bottle doesn't stand a chance! Her playmat is her favorite toy - and she still naps best in her swing. I was a little worried about that until I looked up the max weight for the swing...25lbs! Ha! We're good! ;) She's still cuddly - which I l.o.v.e. She really only likes her paci when she's needing some security in a strange place or trying to sleep. Otherwise, she spits it right back out!
In house renovation news - they still haven't been able to pour concrete for the addition. :( It's either been too wet or too cold. Judd says to pour concrete it has to be in the mid-40's. Right now it's like - 10 degrees outside. Supposedly next week it's supposed to warm up a little so hopefully it will stay dry so they can pour concrete. My wonderfully gifted DIYer sister-in-law, Cassie came and looked at my bathroom situation and gave me some great ideas! I'll share when I think it's possible! Gotta check on measurements! I'm getting excited about it, though. I think we'll get to see Judd a good bit more and it will actually force us to eat more meals at home. The temptation of fast food/mexican/eating out in general is so strong when it takes less than 10 minutes to get there, get the food, and get home. So maybe we'll eat healthier...which is always a plus.

In this post, I need to make special mention of a couple of people who mean a lot to me!
First, my wonderful sister celebrated her 25th birthday on December 21. Yes, I'm extremely late...but extra sincere in my apology. Audra, you mean more to me than you'll ever, ever realize! On my worst day, I can call you and you always make me feel better - even if you have nothing to say and only listen! I love how close we've become. You're one of the best friends I've honestly ever had in my life. I hope it only gets better!
You've always been such an inspiration to me. Your unwavering faith amazes me every single day! You have such a wonderful heart and you're such a wonderful Christian wife and mother. Your family is so blessed to have you! I truly, truly, TRULY consider you one of my "best" blessings that God has given me. He knew what He was doing when He made you my sister.
I love you so much! I hope you never, ever forget that!

And next on my list...
Daddy celebrated his birthday January 6th, 2010! I'm not nearly as late with his post!
Daddy, what a joy it is to watch you with Caroline! I beam with pride when you ask to hold or feed her. I hope that means as much to you as it does to me! I hope Caroline makes as many wonderful memories with you as I have! Fishing, watching you gut fish on the back porch (gross!), jumping on the trampoline, watching classic movies, hearing you sing, hearing you do your "Donald Duck" voice to make us laugh over and over again....I could go on and on!

You've always wanted nothing but the best for me. I know that now. Even though I couldn't see it way back when. I'm so honored to call you my father. In the last few years, I've learned to cherish every moment with my Daddy! You always make a special effort to make me happy. Like visiting me on my birthday when I was 36 weeks pregnant and Judd had to work. I was so surprised! You've done so much for me - and I love you so much for all that you continue to do. You are truly a blessing in my life!! Thank you for loving my mother the way you do. That is so important...and I love seeing your love for each other. I especially love to see it get stronger every day! You're a wonderful Christian father, and I couldn't ask for anyone better!

I love you BOTH very much!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

4 Months Old!

I can't believe she's 4 months old! Time is just flying past us. I'm really trying hard to cherish these little baby moments because they'll be gone before I know it!

Likes: Rocking, using the paci when rocking, eating, playing after eating, the playmat, the jumperoo, laughing at mommy and daddy, watching tv, grabbing things, rolling from your belly to your back, anything RED, bathtime.
Disklikes: Being put in the swing when you want to be held, your carseat "the green prison", rice/oatmeal cereal, having your nose suctioned, when someone takes your food from you prematurely, getting hot, and being put down when you first wake up.
I never realized I could love someone THIS much. I actually worry that I can't love more than one child this much! (I know that's not true, but it's hard to imagine!) Our lives have been richly blessed!
Judd and I were sick a few days ago and Mrs. Candy had to come get Caroline and keep her overnight. I cried! I missed her so much! I snuggled her every chance I got when she came home.
Caroline is a WONDERFUL baby! She sleeps from about 11pm-6am when Judd gives her a bottle before he leaves for work. Then she wakes me up anywhere from 2-4 hours later. This morning she didn't wake me up until 10:15am! I was SHOCKED when I saw the clock! That was a great night's sleep!

And here's what Caroline thought of rice/oatmeal cereal in ONE picture:

Four months has been the most fun so far! She smiles all.the.time. Her Granna even made her laugh out loud on New Year's Eve! It was possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen. She laughed and laughed. I got her to giggle yesterday but since Granna left she hasn't laughed anymore! Guess we need Granna to come back and visit! ;) Really, Caroline is a pretty "easy" baby. She hardly ever cries anymore unless she's super tired or needs to poop. We really can't complain! If all of my children are just like her - we'll count ourselves VERY lucky!
I can't wait to watch her grow up, but at the same time, I wish she would stay little forever. Last night, she put her head on my shoulder and we rocked. She was so content. I was so content. I wanted that moment to last forever! But since she has to grow up - I'm glad I got the privilege of being her mom. I can't wait to watch every single second! We love you, Caroline!